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Study resources for the Zend PHP 5.5 Certification exam

Don’t want to read the intro? Here’s a quick link: just take me below and show me the resources

In October 2015 I decided to take the Zend Certification Exam. I always wanted to challenge myself to learn more about PHP and learning for a certicate seemed to be a very good way for me.

For those who haven’t heard of the certification before. A quick wrapup. The Zend PHP certification is the most popular certification that you can get as a PHP programmer. Although its value can be questioned.I found it a good way of learning new stuff and it gives you some PHP knowledge credibility. You can find more information here:

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There are similar posts about how to study and pointing to resources but I found some of them outdated. That’s why I went searching and got myself an up to date list of resources for studying for the Zend PHP Certification exam. I thought it could be very handy for other people that want to take the exam. So here it is:

The official PHP documentation (yes, up to date and contains almost everything you need)

The PHP book (I highly recommend this one)

Zend Certification Guide

Study advice:

PHP Study guide:

PHP The Right Way:

Don’t forget to review these:

Handy overview of links to important pages

Test Questions
Short online self test (8 questions)

Online test (lots of questions but targeted at 5.3 version):

Slides with 40 questions in 40 minutes

Sample Questions Pack from Lorna Jane (disclaimer: I haven’t used these but they look promising)

Some handy questions for preparing for the exam

Blogs about preparing for the exam

Wrap up
The resources listed above helped me a lot with studying for the exam. I hope they will help you too. If you appreciate this list or have more additional resources let me know and I will update the list. And finally good luck in studying for the exam!

In case you wondered if I passed the exam. Very kind of you for thinking about it. I have some good news, I passed the exam! One of the great things is you can add it on your CV, LinkedIn and add a shiny button on your homepage too. Also you can be found in the Zend Certified Engineer directory which is a handy tool to proof you really passed it:

Again happy studying!

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